Atkinson, Lunasin named DODDS-Europe Athletes of the Year

DODDS-Europe has named multiple-sport senior stars Shelby Atkinson of Hohenfels and Hunter Lunasin of Wiesbaden as its 2014-15 Athletes of the Year.

Atkinson competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer for the Tigers, capping her high school career by helping the school to its first-ever Division II girls soccer championship in the spring. She was named MVP of the Division II European soccer tournament and earned All-Europe first team honors. Atkinson also earned All-Europe and All-Tournament honors in basketball.

Bidinger forges own path to college soccer opportunity

Long training sessions and high-level competitive soccer represented just one part of the "long, difficult journey" Samantha Bidinger took to an NCAA soccer roster.

"I had to work really hard, not only to improve my game," the Vilseck High School senior wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes, "but also contacting college coaches, getting videos of my games, and just trying to get my name out there as a soccer player."

Eidem’s golf deal heads DODDS-Europe signings

Four-time DODDS-Europe girls golf champion Jenna Eidem has signed a full athletic scholarship with Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The college opportunity marks a fitting end to the high school career of the most accomplished golfer in DODDS-Europe history. Eidem won the European championship and the Stars and Stripes girls golf Athlete of the Year award in each of her four seasons as a Wiesbaden Warrior.

Kaiserslautern to host eight-team girls hoops tournament

Kaiserslautern High School will host a two-day girls basketball tournament featuring eight DODDS-Europe teams this weekend.

The event gets started Friday with games running concurrently at the high school gym and the adjacent elementary school’s multi-purpose room. Each facility will host a six-game slate starting at noon. The elimination round follows at the same locations starting at noon Saturday. The championship game is set for 5 p.m. Saturday evening at the high school gym. Daily admission is $3 for adults, while children and students get in free.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 20


Adriana Ibanez and Cierra Martin, Wiesbaden: The undefeated Warriors stayed that way Saturday thanks in large part to the contributions of this dangerous pair. Ibanez had 19 assists in a win over Hohenfels, while Martin had six kills and four blocks in beating VIlseck.
Jaxen Godfrey, Patch: The Panther was a dominant net presence all day Saturday, posting five blocks in a win over Ramstein and four more in a win over Black Forest Academy.
Shannon Cox, Lakenheath: The senior setter enjoyed a prolific Saturday for a fast-improving Lancer squad. Cox passed out 28 combined assists in Lakenheath wins over Menwith Hill and SHAPE. 


DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 13

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week’s DODDS-Europe action.


DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 6

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week’s DODDS-Europe action.


Ben Ciero, Ramstein: The former Lakenheath Lancer has had no trouble fitting in with the Royals. His four touchdowns and 192 rushing yards helped unbeaten Ramstein to a 45-13 win over Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 29

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week's DODDS-Europe action:

Chris Armstrong, Menwith Hill/Woodham:
A 16-10 overtime victory over Baumholder, the combined program’s first Division II win and a proper homecoming celebration. All of this thanks to Armstrong’s two touchdowns, including the OT game-winner.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 22

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week's DODDS-Europe action:  

Ben Ciero, Ramstein: The Lakenheath transfer made a solid first impression on his new team; his 60-yard touchdown run gave Ramstein its first of many scores in a 45-0 season-opening win over Patch.

Chris Greene, Naples: The WIldcat workhorse shrugged off temperatures approaching 90 degrees to post big numbers of his own: 20 carries, 156 yards and two touchdowns.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 15

Here are 10 standout athletes from last weekend’s football, volleyball and tennis action:


Roger Brownell, Ansbach: The senior’s contributions to Saturday’s rout of Naples were legion: 16 rushes for 162 yards and two touchdowns; a 25-yard touchdown catch; 231 total yards, including a 44-yard kickoff return; five tackles, tied for the team’s best; and a fumble recovery.

David Vidovic, Hohenfels: The reigning Stars and Stripes football athlete of the year resumed his assault on DODDS-Europe history with a 291-yard, five-touchdown effort in a win over Al-conbury on Saturday.


Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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Broome on AFN


Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)


Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.